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Pulled Pork Sandwich Eating Championship
I've had probably one of the best mental transformations to come to Bodybuilding.com in quite some time. Starting with some health problems just over five years ago to a solid 200 plus pound physique, and hopefully step on stage in less than a year's time.
Although that transformation seems to be mind blowing for some people, what I discovered just over a year ago was even more shocking. I could eat... and I could eat a lot and FAST.
I began doing restaurant challenges and online Controlled Labs eating contests. I broke every restaurant record I would attempt. (72oz steak in 7 min, 106 oz steak in 30 min, 2lb (precooked) pasta plate in 18 min, Italian challenge, burger challenges and the list continues), and people began to mention that I should compete.
So back in February Arnie Chapman, founder of an eating organization called AICE (Association for Independent Competitive Eaters) asked if I would participate in the North American Collegiate Eating Championships in San Diego.
As soon as I heard it was all sponsored, well... who wouldn't accept a free trip to San Diego, and all I had to do was eat. So a new journey began, and I am privileged to have Bodybuilding.com sponsor me and support me in my contests, the place that seriously helped save my life.
The weekend of June 13th and 14th was another epic event in my short eating career thus far. I flew into JFK Airport and got picked up by Arnie Chapman, and we drove to Dover, Delaware (the location of the contest). The restaurant hosting this event was Dickeys BBQ pit. Local newspapers were advertising the event for the next day, stating that a Canuck was even coming!
I got to talk to the owner of the restaurant, some media, and even got to try a pulled pork sandwich (first time ever!). Let me tell you about this little sandwich. A nice soft bun... and inside is pork that has been marinated and cooked for 12 hours and then covered in a special BBQ sauce. I pretty much had an orgasm in my mouth. Of course for show I decided to eat the entire sandwich in one bite... leaving everyone in 'awe'.
I'd go on with the rest of the day, stating how good it was, but honestly there is nothing to do in Dover, Delaware. My hotel room was more exciting than the most 'hip' club in town. But maybe I'm just used to different scenarios and atmospheres.
The day of the event arrived. Woke up and had a Prolab Lean Mass MRP which was delicious as always. I figured that was something that could last me a couple hours and I would be hungry for my eating at 1pm.
We arrived at Dickeys BBQ pit and the competitors started to pile in. Then came the great one, Ian "The Invader" Hickman. This guy has won a ton of events and was definitely worrying me.
Competitors ranged from small fit females to the usual big gutted construction workers. The event had 16 competitors, there would be two 5-minute rounds, and then the top eight would go over to a 3 minute speed round. Competitors kept their totals from the 5 minute round going into the 3 minute round.
I was in the first heat - The count down started - 3... 2... 1... and we all dove into the sandwiches. They were A LOT more dry than the day before and a lot harder to eat. Regardless, I managed to shock everyone by downing 11 1/4 lb sandwiches in the first 5 minutes.
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Competitors Ranged From Small Fit Females
To The Usual Big Gutted Construction Workers.
Next up was the heat with Ian the Invader. This was what I was worrying about, to see how well I actually did. Ian downed 8 in the 5 minutes and was in 2nd place going into the final. I was relieved that I actually did well.
The final heat had us side by side. I managed to excel and downed 6 in that time and had a grand total of 17 sandwiches in the 8 minute total time. Ian got 12 total and came in 2nd place.
The final standings looked like this:
|1. Furious Pete Czerwinski||Canada||17.0||$500|
|2. Ian 'the Invader' Hickman||VA||12.0||$250|
|3. James "Big Bess" Besser||VA||8.4||$100|
|4. Ravenous Ray Gamble||DE||7.0|
|4. Keith "Templeton The Rat" Koyanagi||DE||7.0|
|5. Spencer "The Green Machine" Green||DE||6.3|
|6. Wilson "Teege" Gillipsie||DE||5.5|
|6. Michael "The Sauce Man" Allen||DE||5.5|
- Justin Curley
- Kristan Curley
- Corey Curley
- Meghan Haugh
- Brian Spencer
- Ryan "Big White" Doherty
I think I'm getting more comfortable with downing food fast, I'm learning small tricks here and there and hopefully this will translate into the events in July. My updates of events will be frequent and I'll share anything new I learned and interesting competitors I meet.
Next up is the Hamburger eating contest July 4th at Coney Island! Come out and watch as I compete and stand behind Bodybuilding.com!
"Furious" Pete's Competitive Record
|7/19/08||1st||World Reuben Eating Championship||5.7 sandwiches in 8 min|
|7/18/08||1st||Bartolini’s Meatball Eating Championship||43 2 oz. meatballs in 7 min|
|7/13/08||1st||Caribbean Food Delights National Beef Patty Eating Championship||14 4.5 oz. beef patties in 3m14s|
|7/4/08||1st||4th Annual Independence Day Hamburger Eating Championship||9.75 .5 lb. hamburgers in 6 min|
|6/14/08||1st||North East Pulled-Pork Sandwich Eating Championship||17 sandwiches in 8 min|
|4/19/08||1st||The Collegiate Nationals Eating Championship||3.5 plates in 7 min|